Lee Kochel

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I think that food and attitude have an overwhelmingly large impact on human health.  As a person who eats primarily a high fat, low carbohydrate diet, I would recommend  a badge that includes the making of sauces/dressings that add a lot of flavor and are high in fat content that could be used as sauces for vegetables, salds, and meats and eggs.  Herbal flavored mayo would be great; just don't use canola/soy/corn etc. high omega 6 oils.
1 month ago
With terraces like these it might be worthwhile to look at how some of the Asian countries (China and Philippines) and the ancient Peruvians manage their terraces.  Also, Mark Shepherd would probable be worth a look as he has extensive practical experience managing high water flows on hillsides and avoiding washouts.  One thing he likes is grading the terrace with a 1% slope on top of each terrace so that the excess water drains off to the side and cannot pour over the lip of the terrace; and any breaches he repairs immediately.
1 year ago
Parsnips do well in clay and are good for the clay having a tap root approaching 2 ft.
1 year ago
My fallback is always a ketogenic diet (high fat - 80%, but no extra omega 6s, moderate protein - 15%, low carb - 5% from leafy dark green vegetables), combined with intermediate fasting.  And occasionally total fasting for more than a day.  Except for emergency situations this can help often more than any medicine or procedure.  Also, I know you didn't ask, and I know that there are a few decent doctors out there, but in general asking a doctor for diet advice, when his business model depends on return visits, is a little like asking a wolf for design assistance when building your hen house.
1 year ago
One more question.  You suggest that one of the preparations  produces a lot of humus.  Another prominent agriculturist, John Kempf, strongly asserts that humus is the result of the repeated digestion of fats by fungi until it cannot be digested any more.  Do you see any evidence for this or would you posit another mechanism?  Thanks again.
1 year ago
I am extremely interested in this forum entry.  I have some additional questions.  Would any source of manure work or does it have to come from a herbivore?  Are you suggesting that spraying a dilute aqueous solution of DE on the garden would give a lot of the advantages of using these horn preparations?  Also, you reference the similarity of your concepts with Elaine Ingham's; yet you seem to imply that the effect of these horn preparations is to significantly increase the bacteria in the soil, whereas, Elaine constantly references having a significant quantity (often about =) of fungi AND an adequate supply of predators of these microorganisms.  So, did you mean bacteria or were you using bacteria as shorthand for the other critters as well?  If you meant to say just bacteria, how do you explain the significantly increased plant results?  Do you think that  you could get the same results by adding garden soil to the mixture and then just burying the combined mixture in a cardboard container in a slow compost pile?   Thanks.
1 year ago
Linseed oil (flax oil) is good for coating wood because the high level of polyunsaturated oil (the omega 3 and 6 oils that nutritionists like, but which easily turn rancid if kept for too long) cure by polymerising into a dense (plastic like) coating which can protect the wood.  Oils that are more saturated do not have this feature and, as oils, can be stable for times approaching years.
Others have covered this already, but I am moved to contribute also.  The answer to all gout and gall stones, regardless of blood type and personal genetics, is a ketogenic diet: high, 80+% fat ( a few percentage of which is equal amounts of  omega 3 and omega 6 fats and the rest any combination of omega 9 and saturated fats); moderate, 15 % protein (half of the body protein is formed from collagen  which is made up of 3 amino acids and is found in skin, hair, tendons, ligaments, all connective tissue, the outer layer of all the larger bones -- all the meat parts that most people throw out); and low, 5 % carbohydrates from green leafy vegetables including cruciferous which are mostly steamed.  No grains, no refined sugar, minimal fruits, no chemicals, no excess omega 6 fatty acids, no msg.  In your, Paul's, case it will have one drawback -- you will lose weight.  Dr. Berg in your video selection is a great reference.  Finally, vegan diets are good and useful and healthy for about 30 days only because they are detoxifying diets whose good effects are exhausted after that.  Then they become slow starvation diets good for fungi, bacteria, and few animals.
1 year ago
This batch rocket mass heater sounds like a home-made version of a central European kackel ofen.  Very good.
1 year ago
The Netherlands also exports a lot of vegetable seeds which command a premium.
1 year ago